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coming to a roadway near you. driverless cars. thanks for watching and good night. triangle. also tonight, students return to umpqua community college for the first time since the massacre. we'll take you inside the nerve center for the u.s. terror war against isis. and the driverless car, driven to please. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. to blame tonight for deaths on land and at sea. the coast guard says a cargo
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sank in the bermuda triangle with 28 americans on board. more about that in a moment. but first the worst flooding on record in the carolinas killed 11. ironically it left 40,000 in south carolina without drinking water and shut down more than 500 roads and bridges. cainhoy, south carolina, got nearly 27 inches of rain. the biblical deluge was enough to raise the dead. floodwaters limited caskets from their graves. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: these are some of the catastrophic images that we flew with the national guard over the state capital of columbia, this dam one of nine breeched. dozens of aerial rescues throughout the state, including this woman and her child earlier nud charleston. more than 150 people have been plucked from flooded homes and stranded cars.
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flogging through massive floodwaters. cemeteries have been uprooted. caskets are floating down streets. businesses have been demolished. shelli manning couldn't believe her eyes. >> it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: there are concerns that people may still be trapped in their homes. fire chief mike crum went door to door with team from nashville. >> we're marking front doors with an x, which means that apartment or that home has been checked, and if there's someone staying, we'll use checkmark. >> reporter: with floodwaterrings still high here on timberlane drive, residents were returning by canoe. >> here's my house right here. >> reporter: we caught up with tyler bahnmuller. his home, 18 feet off the ground, was still vulnerable. how high was the water? >> probably 25 feet at the highest point. it came up to the banisters up there. the porch was completely covered.
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>> reporter: inside bahnmuller salvaged what he could from the flood-ravaged home. another neighbor, john wienges, had 20 feet of water in his home. he rescued family stranded in their attic after receiving a plea from help on facebook. >> they had about three feet of air before the water reached the top of that roof. >> reporter: the latest dam to breech happened two hours ago, and there are mandatory evacuations under way right now. with water waist deep in many parts of this city, the governor is telling people to stay home or at the very least, scott, stay off the roads. >> pelley: never seen anything like it in the carolinas. david begnaud reporting for us tonight. david, thank you. only wreckage and a single body have been found from the cargo ship that sank in the hurricane. the crew of 33 on their way from jacksonville, florida to, puerto rico included 28 americans and five polish sailors. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: this lifeboat from the doomed ship could hold 43 people.
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no one was aboard when search teams recovered it on sunday. they did spot a body in the water along with remains of the vessel, life ring, a container, wood and oil sheen. el faro stretched 790 feet. it's now a pair of debris field 60 miles apart in the bermuda triangle. coast guard captain marked fodor. >> we're assuming the vessel sank in the last known position we recorded on thursday. >> reporter: 53-year-old captain michael davidson, a 20-year-old sea veteran, thought he could beat the storm. el faro, its heavy cargo and crew of 33 set out last tuesday morn. joaquin was then a tropical storm northeast of the bahamas, but in 15 hours on wednesday, it grew from a category one to a category three. by thursday at 7:20 a.m., the crew radioed a distress call. their ship was dead in the
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it was listing, leaning 15 degrees and taking on water. after that radio silence as the hurricane grew into a category four. >> we're talking up to 140mph winds, seas upwards of 50 feet, visibility basically at zero. those are challenging conditions to survive in. >> reporter: 28 americans served on the crew. engineer dylin mecklin, keith griffin, his wife is pregnant with twins, and frank hamm, rochelle hamm is his wife. >> i don't know why they didn't just steer the ship in a different direction. this is totally unacceptable. >> reporter: crew member daniell randolph last week e-mailed her mother, laurie bobillot. >> there's a hurricane out here it. winds are super bad and seas are not great. love to everyone. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board has
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ship and most of the evidence lies three miles underwater. no one knows what the engine trouble was or when it began, but, scott, it left the ship a sitting duck for a major hurricane. >> pelley: mark strassmann in jacksonville. mark, thanks. today in vermont, rocks tumbled off a ledge and into the path of an amtrak passenger train. seven people were hurt when the locomotive and one car of the vermonter skidded down an embankment. the governor called it "a freak of nature." an american airlines captain died today on a flight from phoenix to boston. the copilot landed the airbus a-320 in syracuse, new york. the captain hasn't been identified. no cause of death yet. it was a weekend of mourning in roseburg, oregon, for the nine people killed in the umpqua community college shooting, and john blackstone is there tonight. >> reporter: students and staff returned to the community college campus today not for
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to retrieve things left behind in the rush to escape. when classes resume next week, shannon dietz will be back, even though her mother kim, also a student, was killed in the shooting. >> i won't think of it as the place where there was the shooting. i'll think of it as the place where my friends are. >> reporter: lacey scroggins is one of the survivors of the shooting. her father is pastor randy scroggins. >> she said to me, "dad, you don't understand. i can't rest. the moment i shut my eyes, the moment it gets quiet, i hear the bodies dropping to the floor and the gunshots going off." >> reporter: treven anspach, who was shot and killed, fell across lacey, quite likely saving her life. her father raced to the campus to pick her up after the shooting. i bet you didn't just put her in the car. >> no.
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it was an amazing thing, man. she got out of the car, and she had blood all over her. it was all over her arm and all over her side and her pant, her other hand. i remember i wrapped my arms around her and we just squeezed. she squeezed me and i squeezed her. it was... it was the best hug i ever had in my life. >> reporter: after this campus reopens for classes, the building where the shooting took place will remain closed at least for a while. and while some students did come back here today, scott, there seems to be no rush to return to a place that has such terrible memories. >> pelley: john black don't reporting tonight. john, thank you. later in this broadcast, our
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we're going to hear from former congressman patrick kennedy. today the democratic front-runner in the presidential race added her voice to the conversation about gun violence and the question of whether there will be another challenger in her race. julianna goldman has that. >> unimaginable grief. >> reporter: hillary clinton choked up in new hampshire today as she took the stage with a mother of a sandy hook victim. >> i am proposing what i consider to be common sense approaches. >> reporter: on the heels of yet another mass shooting, clinton called for expanded background checks, either through legislation or executive action. asked at an earlier event about a possible biden run, clinton didn't seem concerned. >> this is a decision for the vice president to make, and he needs whatever he time and space he wants to be able to make that decision. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news that biden is likely to
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and is leaning toward running. he gave no clues over the weekend when he spoke to the largest gay rights group in the u.s., but he reminded them that he was the one who prodded the white house to support same-sex marriage. >> some of you credit me with taking a political risk or thought i was doing something special, but, folks, i was just answering in the straightforward and direct way what i eve known my whole life, and i mean this sincerely. >> reporter: clinton spoke to that gathering earlier in the day and then appeared on "saturday night live." >> you are really easy to talk to. >> well, thanks. that's the first time i've ever heard that. [laughter] >> reporter: where she used humor to tackle criticism that she's struggling to connect with voters. >> i wish you could be president. >> me, too! >> reporter: biden has run for president twice before, but,
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scott, he has run twice before and it may not be easy to give up on that dream. >> pelley: julianna goldman, thank you. syria's war took another ominous turn when russian airplanes veered into turkish air space. russian jets began bombing syria to help prop up the assad dictatorship. now two of the world's largest air forces are fighting on different sides and keeping them separated is the job of u.s. commanders in the persian gulf. david martin has a rare look. >> reporter: scott, this is the nerve center for the air campaign against isis, and operations floor where all the missions are being tracked, including the ones over syria where russian aircraft are also operating. you can see it on the screen, the yellow aircraft the russian, the green, mesh. -- american. u.s. pilots out of turkey first picked up the russian planes on
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radar. the russians closed to within 20 miles, at which point the american pilots could visually identify them on their targeting cameras. lieutenant general charles brown, commander of the air campaign, says the russians have come even closer than that to his unmanned drones. >> the closest has been within a handful of miles into some of our remotely piloted aircraft, but for our manned aircraft, not closer than about 20 miles is about the closest we've seen. >> reporter: brown says he intends to work around the russians. could they just crowd you out of syria? >> no, i don't think so. we're up a lot more often than they, are so if we do have the move around for separation, it's for a small period of time compared to the hours and hours that we're airborne over iraq and syria. >> reporter: despite the russian, general brown says he intends to increase strikes against isis sanctuaries in syria. many of those missions will be flown by the crews of these b1
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also avoid run-ins with the russians. >> pelley: david martin reporting from qatar. david, thanks. that base also handles the air war in afghanistan, where over the weekend a u.s. air strike destroyed a hospital killing 22 civilians. the top u.s. general in afghanistan said today those responsible will be accountable and mark phillips is following this. >> reporter: two days after the u.s. air strike that afghanistan, the pentagon has now changed its story on how and why the attack happened. it was not, as was first said, called in by u.s. forces under threat while working with afghan government troops trying to retake kunduz from the taliban. the air strike was called in, u.s. general john campbell said, but the afghans themselves. >> reporter: afghan forces advised they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from u.s.
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an air strike was then called to eliminate the taliban threat and several civilians were accidentally struck. >> reporter: by "several" he means 22, ten patients and 12 staff members, killed by the devastating firepower of an ac-130 gunship like this one. the attack went on for an hour. the hospital is run by the international medical charity doctors without borders, which bravely operates in many of the world's war zones. and it insists it has specifically informed both u.s. and afghan authorities of the hospital's location. as for the kabul government's claim that the taliban were firing from around the hospital compound, the group's executive director, vickie hawkins insists that was not the case. >> the comments coming from the outrageous. i mean, they are too an extent justifying the destruction of a fully functioning hospital. >> reporter: the pentagon, nato and the afghans
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themselveses are now conducting investigations. doctors without borders says the only credible inquiry must be international and independent. beyond the tragedy, the air strike raises questions about how u.s. air power in afghanistan is controlled, about the rules of engagement that are used and, scott, whether designated areas like hospitals can become free fire zones. >> pelley: mark phillips in the london newsroom tonight. for generations taught to drive with their hands at 10:00 and 2:00, the times are about to change. airline workers attack their bosses, and this dog punches way above its weight when the "cbs evening news" continues.om ringing in their ears, there's no such thing as quiet time. but you can quiet the ringing with lipo-flavonoid, the number-one doctor-recommended brand.
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well as your gestures and your hands. >> reporter: track your eye movement? >> what we're doing is natural interaction. you have all these different gauges. for example, we have the volume knob here. what the car enables you to do is look at any of these gauge, as you can see, for example, the volume gauge. >> reporter: picking up your eye movements? >> yes, and it's picking up your hands. so i'm changing the volume right now and it's pretty much very relaxed. i don't have to reach out. i can do it just naturally. and now i'm talking to you and the car knows, okay, whatever i'm going to do now doesn't affect me. it also suggests, for example, coffee stopoffs. >> reporter: you notify the car, i want coffee, and it will pull over and stop at the next coffee shop? were yeah, at your service. >> reporter: unbelievable. what else? >> these are detected objects in our vicinity. >> reporter: so the car is seeing all of these dots. they're things that this car
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might come into contact with, other cars, buildings, trees, anything? >> correct. but let me give you an overview of what we are actually looking at here. >> wow. >> this is the bay area. these are all the objects that reported back to the car. >> reporter: wow. that's incredible. so all of those dots we were seeing before, this is the representation from a distance? >> yeah. we are just right now looking, for example, at the traffic at the bay bridge. >> unbelievable. how did you do that? >> just look at it, raise your left hand and push or pull. so in this case we can just get exact like that. >> pelley: finally puts the auto in automobile. bill whitaker of "60 minutes." that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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